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Fire service to hire reserve fire fighters amid ballot for strike action

Emergency services attend the scene of a house fire in Buxton, Derbyshire, in which two young children died. Photo: PA Wire

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is looking for people to become part of a reserve fire crew to help keep local people safe in the event of industrial action by firefighters.

This comes as The Fire Brigades Union is balloting its members regarding industrial action over their dispute with the Government on PensionReform. This ballot is due to close on 29 August 2013.

Whilst this is a national dispute between the FBU and central Government, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority understands their staff are in an extremely difficult position.

However the Authority still has a legal obligation under the Fire & Rescue Services Act 2004 and the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 to ensure it can continue to provide an emergency response throughout any local industrial action.

Unlike during previous industrial action, there is no longer any military support available. The decision to recruit the ‘reserve’ personnel comes after a meeting with the Chair and Vice Chair of the Fire Authority.

This recruitment is purely a precautionary measure with successful recruits only being called upon should strike action occur.